The stylish Hyundai Kona is an enticing alternative to the dreary Nissan Kicks.
The introduction of the Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover was extremely well received thanks to its bold new design direction for the Korean automaker, sporting quirky styling that immediately stands out against the competition with its sweeping lines, slender headlights, and prominent Cascading Grille. The Korean automaker has announced that the 2018 Kona will arrive in US dealers this March and has also revealed pricing details.
Prices for the Kona start at $19,500 for the entry-level SE model plus a $885 destination charge, making it one of the cheapest compact crossovers on the market and an enticing alternative to the more conservative-looking Nissan Kicks that's replacing the age-old Juke. Conversely, the range-topper will set you back nearly $30,000. The base Kona SE with front-wheel drive is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic, while the all-wheel drive version of the SE starts at $20,800. Positioned above the Kona SE is the SEL trim which can be had for $21,150 with front-wheel drive, and $22,450 with all-wheel drive.
Adding a contrasting roof to the SEL trim with front-wheel drive will set you back $21,300 and $22,600 for the all-wheel drive model. All options include the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit as the base model. Opt for the Kona Limited, and the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is replaced with a punchier 1.6-liter turbocharged engine with 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch transmission. It also comes with some extra goodies like LED headlights and taillights, and automatic climate control. The front-wheel drive version starts at $24,700, while the all-wheel drive model can be had for $26,000.
As for the range-topper, the Kona Ultimate uses the same 1.6-liter turbo engine and seven-speed gearbox as the aforementioned Limited model, but also comes equipped with advanced active safety features along with a premium audio system and a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen. The Kona Ultimate starts at $27,400 with front-wheel drive, and $28,700 with all-wheel drive.